Thursday, May 22, 2008
Last Day of the Novena
THE DAY OF GRATITUDE
Lord Jesus how can I express my gratitude to you for having heard he prayer of your servant Rita who had recourse to your great power and love on my behalf. Lord you have granted my request and I can only try to thank you by satisfying the deepest yearning of your heart.
You said to your disciples before offering your life for us: I will be with you for a short time. Love one another as I have loved you. In this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Yes, Lord Jesus, I will love my neighbor, especially my most needy brothers and sisters and those who suffer most. I will help them and comfort them; this will be my task. I am certain that no other gift of mine could be more pleasing to your servant and my dear patroness Saint Rita, who can well be called the saint of fraternal love. For her, earthly life was not sufficient in giving herself in love. She now spends her life with you caring for us in our sorrows an difficulties.
Saint Rita, sweet messenger of divine mercy, I offer praise to our heavenly Father in your honor. Saint Rita...pray for us.